San Bernardino, Calif. (September 16, 2016) – Veteran-led global disaster response organization Team Rubicon is coordinating with local and county authorities, to join the wildfire recovery efforts following the Blue Cut Fire that consumed over 36,274 acres and destroyed 321 structures on August 16, 2016. We will focus on supporting residents in San Bernardino.
On Monday, September 12, 2016 Team Rubicon deployed a two-man reconnaissance team to conduct initial surveys and damage assessments before sending more volunteer members into the disaster zone.
Beginning September 16, 2016, Team Rubicon will provide debris removal assistance to affected communities, incident management, and volunteer management in coordination with local and county authorities.
“Team Rubicon is grateful to be able to serve our neighbors and assist our community,” said Army veteran Marc Melissas, incident commander for Operation Mother Road. “We’re doing what we can to help impacted homeowners this difficult time.”
Team Rubicon boasts a 40,000-strong, highly-skilled veteran volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a devastating natural disaster. Since its inception following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 130 disasters, including the flooding in Louisiana, the wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada, the Nepal earthquakes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Hurricane Sandy.
Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by our cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help get stricken families back into their homes as soon as possible. By giving military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, Team Rubicon helps them find a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity.